TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS' Down But Wins Night, 'New Girl', 'Smash' & 'Go On' Fall, 'Cult' & 'Body of Proof' Debut Low

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February 20th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 1.8/5 1.7/4 1.7/5 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.7/5 1.5/5 0.8/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 15.648 6.564 3.477 3.983 3.677 1.157


CBS  was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS,  NCIS scored a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from  a 3.7 two weeks ago. NCIS: Los Angeles earned a 2.7 down 13 percent from a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating two weeks ago. Vegas garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating even with two weeks ago.

On ABC, The Taste notched a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 7 percent from last week’s 1.5. The Bachelor: Sean Tells All earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 4 percent from a 2.7 for the series last Tuesday episode two weeks ago. The season premiere of Body of Proof tied its series low with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 45 percent from a its season premiere on September 20, 2011 and down 37 percent from a 1.9 for its season finale on April 10 and a 2.2 for

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from a 1.6 two weeks ago. New Girl garnered a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from a 2.6 two weeks ago. The Mindy Project notched a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down 16 percent from a 1.9 two weeks ago.

On NBC, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 7 percent from a 1.4 on January 29. At 8:30, a second episode scored a 1.4, down 7 percent from a 1.5 on January 29. Go On garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from a 1.3 on January 29. The New Normal notched a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 1.1 on January 29. Smash scored a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent from a 1.2 for its season premiere two weeks ago.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie earned a 0.5 among adults 18-49 down 17 percent from a 0.6 two weeks ago. The premiere of Cult scored a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, compared to a 0.4 for the Emily Owens series finale. Your predictions were far too optimistic.

Broadcast primetime ratings for February 19, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.5/10 20.93
ABC The Taste 1.6/5 4.89
FOX Raising Hope 1.5/5 3.70
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.3/4 4.65
CW Hart of Dixie 0.5/1 1.37
8:30 NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.4/4 4.69
FOX New Girl - R 1.3/3 2.82
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.7/7 16.34
ABC The Bachelor 2.6/7 8.14
FOX New Girl 2.2/6 4.36
NBC Go On 1.1/3 3.32
CW Cult - Series Premiere 0.3/1 0.94
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.6/4 3.04
NBC The New Normal 1.0/2 2.83
10:00 CBS Vegas 1.5/4 9.67
ABC Body of Proof - Season Premiere 1.2/3 6.66
NBC Smash 0.9/2 3.29

via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and
> "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in
> metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People
> Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4
> in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meters.

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Mon

    Haha Emily Owens now looks good.

  • Data

    I’m looking forward to 22 episodes of Parenthood next season.

  • Vasco Silva

    OMG at cult!

    And I’m sad about HOD! Please adjust up!

    I Love NCIS.

  • hammard

    Wow, I knew Cult would debut bad, but I didn’t think it would be that bad!

  • eridapo

    Per Marc Berman

    TT 1.6 4.97/ 1.7 4.80
    Bach 2.6 8.18/ 2.6 8.10
    BOP 1.3 6.81/ 1.2 6.52

    NCIS 3.4 20.67/ 3.5 21.20
    NCISLA 2.8 16.79/ 2.6 15.89
    Vegas 1.6 10.19/ 1.4 9.15

    HOD .5 1.44/ .5 1.31
    CULT .3 .970/ .3 .911

    Smash .9 3.37/ .9 3.20

    And just like that… Nashville, Castle, Revenge and Scandal have been assured renewal…. BOP, like Zero Hour, is most likely gone by the end of the season.

    Smash… Not a Smash. Will NBC pull the remaining episodes like they did for Do No Harm?

    Cult… Not much better than 90210

  • r0ckmypants

    @Alan – CW doesn’t need to renew either of them.

  • mat

    No ma se las dejaron ir bien sabroso a Cult

  • Justin

    Wow… I figured Cult would be a little low, what with the Tuesday timeslot, but I expected a little higher number than that. I actually said “Oooh, that’s bad” out loud in my office when I saw it. :S

  • Dillan

    Just embarrassing for Cult. It did worse in the 18-34 where it got a 0.2.

  • Alan

    what a joke, even Emily Owens M.D. pulled better numbers. They should have given it a full season.

  • J-albaadani

    So happy Cult flopped badly. HoD ratings are low too.
    BATB will be renewed. :-)

  • Billy

    I don’t understand how NBC can keep The Voice off until March 25. The network is just drowning without it. They need to bring back The Voice earlier.

  • Oliver

    I’m convinced Goon exists solely to make Community’s ratings look good. Geez.

  • Liam

    Body of Proof did bad. I was expecting higher. I think season 3 will be the last. Unless a miracle happens and the ratings turn around. I think there will be a boost next week since its the conclusion of this week and when DWTS returns, we should see a small bump. Hopefully the ratings will rise in the next few week and a season 4 for Fridays might be possible.


    Smash will be cancelled by NBC. I would love to see FX pick the show up or another network. I feel its too niche/cable for network TV. If it could do same viewers on a cable network it would do well.

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  • SarahL

    The Mindy Project is hanging in there. I loved last night’s episode. I remain hopefula bout its renewal.

    I cannot believe Smash’s ratings. Ick. Like with Revenge, I never understood how a Broadway musical could be made into a series.

  • GXSky

    bad week for the CW..
    just hope Arrow rating tomorrow not drop below 1.0

  • S.P.

    What can NBC replace Smash with?

    WOW, I know Go On is expected to be renewed but at this point “Whitney” is a stronger show.

  • s0303

    i really like cult :( cw should have kept emily owens though…it was a really good show and had potential to improve its ratings…

    nbc is a disaster…these numbers make me feel really good about the biggest losers 2.1 though :)

    body of proof never should have been renewed…why are the networks bringing all these shows (smash, body of proof, touch etc) on so late when they should have been cancelled in the first place???

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